ALMOST 200 kerb-crawlers have been arrested as part of a crackdown on street prostitution in Hull. The men have been forced to sign contracts pledging not to return to the city's red-light district after being caught trawling for prostitutes. They were caught after Humberside Police set up a sexual exploitation team 18 months ago.
The men were arrested while picking up women in Hessle Road and in the traditional red-light area around Myton Street and Osborne Street, in the city centre.
Police said men from "all walks of life" have been caught kerb-crawling, from unemployed men to successful professionals, including surgeons. PC Jon Barratt, from the team, said: "Many people think prostitution is a victimless crime, but that couldn't be further from the truth. We see the girls as victims of circumstance – 95 per cent of them are dependent on Class A drugs. By targeting the kerb-crawlers, and reducing the market for prostitution, it helps them to get the help they need.
"In the past, we would have never tackled the kerb-crawlers. It was always about targeting the girls and the men would get away with it. The men don't seem to think of it as particularly being a crime, but they are the ones putting the girls into that situation. If we get rid of the kerb-crawlers, it will push the girls into engaging with support services.
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